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The Biggest Health Care Data Breaches in 2017

Health Data Management (HDM), using information compiled by Protenus Breach Barometer, published a list this week of the biggest health care data breaches so far in 2017....more

Cyber Briefing: Second “Envelope” Lawsuit Against Aetna, Yahoo to Answer for 1.5 Billion Hacked Accounts and Eighth Circuit...

As we head into the new week, here’s a quick summary of major data security developments from around the country. Aetna Hit With Second “Envelope” Lawsuit - Aetna Inc. is now facing a second lawsuit over the disclosure...more

Where is your PHI Data Traveling Today?

by Dickinson Wright on

With most vendors offering and pushing cloud computing solutions and offsite data backup, or guaranteeing offsite backup of data they process for you, many HIPAA covered entities and business associates are questioning...more

Recent Events Increase the Importance of HIPAA Risk Analyses and HIPAA Policies

Recent events highlight the fact that threats to customer and patient data continue to increase. In recent months, government agencies, news outlets, and others have spent considerable time investigating and reporting on...more

Women’s Health Care Group Notifies 300,000 About Ransomware Attack

Women’s Health Care Group of Pennsylvania has notified approximately 300,000 patients that their protected health information has been compromised by a ransomware attack....more

Cyber Threats Equal Serious Threats

by Burr & Forman on

Every where you look these days, there seems to be another report of a cyber attack--attacks which do not discriminate based on industry type, size of business, or impact. In other words, everyone is vulnerable. In fact, the...more

AGs Weave Themselves Into Patchwork of Digital-Health Regs

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

There are more than 165,000 mobile health applications available for download in Apple’s App Store or Google Play. This number will likely keep rising, and a body of federal and state regulators, including state attorneys...more

Office of the National Coordinator Issues Guidance After NotPetya Attack

Following the most recent ransomware attack, known as NotPetya, (among other nicknames), many health care entities were victims of the ransomware, which prompted the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to issue guidance...more

Key Takeaways from Oklahoma’s New Telemedicine Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law SB 726, establishing new telemedicine practice standards, including explicitly allowing doctors to create valid physician-patient relationships via telemedicine without...more

When Health Data Goes Missing: Largest Reported Ransomware Attack

In the aftermath of two powerful global ransomware attacks, a Michigan-based medical equipment provider has disclosed that hackers “encrypted our data files” and accessed more than 500,000 patient records in what is believed...more

Health Care Data Breaches Cost $380 per Record

A new study issued by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by IBM, reveals that healthcare data breaches still cost more than in other sectors. The Ponemon Institute’s calculation is that the average healthcare data breach costs...more

OCR Issues Reminder on Security Incidents

Following the frequent and varied ransomware attacks on health care entities over the past few years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance last summer to the health care industry reminding it that a ransomware...more

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task...more

Health Update - June 2017

HIPAA and Emerging Technologies - Editor’s Note: According to a HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey of healthcare provider employees, about 90% say they are using mobile devices to engage patients in their healthcare—and 36%...more

HIPAA Settlements in April and May Highlight Key Compliance Concerns for OCR

by Williams Mullen on

After a break in March with no new settlement agreements, OCR returned in April and May with quite a few. The Health Care Data Aware Blog already posted about a $400,000 OCR settlement released April 12, 2017, which can be...more

New HHS Cybersecurity Preparedness Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently published a checklist to guide HIPAA-covered entities and business associates through an appropriate response to a ransomware or cybersecurity...more

OCR Issues Checklist for Responding to Cyber-Attack

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance entitled “My Entity Just Experienced a Cyber-attack! What Do We Do Now?” The Checklist is a practical tool for health care entities and outlines several steps to...more

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task...more

“Fireball” Malware a Threat to Health Care Industry

A new report released by Check Point has security personnel working in the health care industry particularly concerned and they are warning their colleagues about the existence of “Fireball.”...more

OCR Issues Reminder on Security Incidents

Following the frequent and varied ransomware attacks on health care entities over the past few years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance last summer to the health care industry reminding it that a ransomware...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - June 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), has released a risk management reporting framework intended to "establish a common, underlying language for Cybersecurity risk management reporting — almost akin to US GAAP or IFRS...more

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of TCPA Claims on Grounds of Prior Express Consent

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In Zean v. Fairview Health Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the district court's dismissal of a putative class action complaint under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

National Pharmacy Avoids TCPA Claim for Flu Shot Robocall under Health Care Rule Exemption

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that an automated, pre-recorded message sent on behalf of Rite Aid informing recipients to obtain a flu vaccine shot was exempted from the Telephone Consumer...more

Health System Paid $2.4 Million Settlement After Identification in a Press Release of a Patient Who Was Engaged in Fraud

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $2,400,000 settlement with Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) to resolve an investigation of an unauthorized disclosure of...more

TCPA Class Action Tossed out After Hospital Provides Records Indicating Consent

Central Florida Regional Hospital (the Hospital) was released from a proposed class action last week for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Hospital’s debt collector, Transworld...more

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